Peter Bott took the Access to Health Professions course at Leicester College. As a mature student, the course allowed Peter to confidently re-enter education, go to university and train to be a Nurse.
Currently awaiting registration as a Preceptor Nurse with the Leicestershire Partnership Trust, Peter spoke to our Alumni Team about his experiences of college and beyond and shared some advice for others hoping to follow a similar career path.
“I found nursing very late and decided to enter the profession by initially doing the Access course and then going to university,” said Peter.
“The Access course was the obvious way for me to get to university to get the degree which is compulsory for nursing,” he said. “Having failed my A levels around 25 years ago, the Access course gave me the skills and confidence to apply and enter the university pathway.”
Our Access to Higher Education courses offer the opportunity for individuals without traditional qualifications (A levels) to return to education and prepare themselves for progression onto studying at university level. These courses are designed to broaden your knowledge in your area of interest and bring you up to A level standard in just one year.
The Access to Health Professions course is a challenging and intensive course of study which prepares you to apply for nursing, midwifery and other health-related degree courses in higher education.
The greatest challenge for Peter was “jumping through all the hoops and achieving targets set by university” – but it was all worth it, as Peter is now enjoying a successful career in Mental Health Nursing.
Peter says the proudest moments of his career were achieving a degree and getting a role in the NHS and his ultimate career goal is to “ become the best Nurse that [he] can be.”
Finally, he had some advice to share with others planning to work in the healthcare industry, or take an Access course:
“Although the Access and uni path takes 4 years, it will fly and you will have lots of fun together with the hard work. If you apply yourself correctly, it will be worth it and you will be a better person for it,” he said.
Thanks Peter, we wish you all the best!